incl. LADS Remix
RELEASE DATE: May 14th 2021
Beirut’s Bachir Salloum continues a prolific run of high-quality releases and label debuts, joining Akbal Music with four-tracker ‘Everything Is Now’. The rising talent hasn’t looked back since early support from Black Coffee, Damian Lazarus, Patrice Bäumel, Henry Saiz and more launched his international career.
The EP has a deliberately varied range of moods. ‘I wanted to create a variety of choices from intro tracks to bridge and peak time slots,’ says Bachir, whose sets deftly balance melody with emotion.
‘Everything Is Now’ has an intriguing, slow start with mingling elements scattering impressions, picking up the pace with thoughtful piano fragments introduced during the extended breakdown. A more ambient contribution to the EP.
‘Eclipse’ lays down a relentless percussive groove riffing on the central melody, with some growling synths and menacing horns in the background, gradually gaining in speed and force.
‘Sunflower Fields’ starts with shaking maraccas and light bongo percussion, giving a sunny feel, before a complex bass riff kicks in, followed by a melody on pizzicato strings from the breakdown onwards. More of a rollocking pace to this one, a versatile track for your feet as much as your ears. The LADS remix brings humming, melancholic synth chords to the fore, with distant voices of children at play juxtaposed with them in the extended breakdown.
‘I used the moog Sub 37 to write the main melodies for ‘Everything Is Now’ including omnisphere supporting pads and TR8 for drums. With ‘Sunflower Fields’ I used the TR8 to focus more on the groove. With ‘Eclipse’ I had the melody playing in my head one night in quarantine while I was sleeping; I woke up and wrote it straight away, then built the track around it.’
An alumnus of Beirut’s famous club scene, Salloum’s new EP is a worthy successor to his 3rd Avenue debut, joining imprints like Balance and Juicebox Music in his impressive back catalogue. Several more exciting releases are planned for this summer too, as his relentless rise continues.
Acid Pauli: :-) :-)
Peter Kruder: Great tracks on this release. The LADS Remix is amazing !
Robag Whrume: good, thanks! RW
Goldcap: lovely songs
Lost Desert: Nicce drive , thanks
Armen Miran: amazing release :) Thanks
Anstascia : sexy EP :)
Nick Warren: Sunflower Fields is cool
Danny Tenaglia: Downloading for Danny Tenaglia, thanks!
Guy Laliberté: A++++++
Maga: Very cool ep Bachir full support :)
Marques Wyatt: This one's a Beauty!
Wild Dark: Excellent EP - Originals and Remix are fire
M.O.S: Nice EP from Bachir!
Madraas: Fire remix from the guys!